Contribution: 1/3 of the overall mark for the course.
This paper includes synoptic questions that draw on any of the topics in the specification as well as the core practicals studied throughout the course.
Note: Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.
Science Practical Endorsement: In addition to the three written exams at the end of the course, the course offers a Science Practical Endorsement which is composed of 18 Core Practicals that are taught as part of the two year course. These are designed to allow students to learn a range of practical skills and apply key experimental techniques, thus developing both a conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods. As such they also constitute a key element within the Paper 3 exam.
Developing a deep subject understanding: SNAB uses real-life contexts to engage students and make learning relevant. Biological principles are introduced as required in each situation, with the whole course carefully designed to develop ideas across contexts, building on ideas to consolidate and extend learning to provide a thorough understanding of the concepts that underpin biology today.
Revisiting ideas in this way allows connections to be made between them, and supports a synoptic approach particularly valuable with the changes to a linear qualification and exams at the end of the two year course.
Understanding the core concepts and acquiring key scientific skills: A key feature of the SNAB course is that students not only develop their biological knowledge and understanding to form a solid basis for any further study in the subject, but they also acquire the wider skills essential to biologists working in the 21st century. SNAB embraces an activity based approach to teaching and learning which is supported by a wealth of print and online resources.
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